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Celebrating World Polio Day
October 19, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pmFree
The Rotary Club of Fremont will mark historic progress toward a polio-free world while urging the community to help end the paralyzing disease.
Event is among thousands to be held by Rotary clubs around the world on World Polio Day, 24 October
Rotary members in Seattle are taking action on World Polio Day to raise awareness, funds, and support to end polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that still threatens children in parts of the world today.
WHAT: A Celebration for World Polio Day
WHO: Rotary Club of Fremont
WHEN: Tuesday, October 19, 2021, 5:30 pm Social, 6-7 pm Program
WHERE: Hale’s Ales Brewery & Family Restaurant
4301 Leary Way NW
Seattle, WA 98107
When Rotary and its partners launched the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in 1988, there
were 350,000 cases of polio in 125 countries every year. We’ve made great progress against the
disease since then. Today, polio cases have been reduced by 99.9 percent, and just two countries
continue to report cases of wild poliovirus: Afghanistan and Pakistan. And we remain
committed to the end.
With polio nearly eradicated, Rotary and its partners must sustain this progress and continue to
reach every child with the polio vaccine. Without full funding and political commitment, this
paralyzing disease could return to polio-free countries, putting children everywhere at risk.
Rotary has committed to raising US$50 million each year to support global polio eradication
efforts. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged to match that 2-to-1, for a total yearly
contribution of $150 million.
“Our guest speaker is Rotarian Ezra Teshome of Seattle. He will share information about his
World Polio efforts in Ethiopia, Africa. We are fortunate to hear from such a humble, dedicated
volunteer for this noble cause.” Beth Tesh, Fremont
Rotary has contributed more than $2.1 billion to ending polio since 1985.